Produce* refers to fresh foods that farmers plant, grow, and harvest (e.g., fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, etc.) The farmers do not process or minimally process the products.
Value-added* refers to products that have been processed through baking, cooking, canning, drying, fermenting, preserving, or spinning techniques (e.g., baked goods, jams, dried fruit, viticulture, pickles, wool yarn, etc.). Value-added products can be produced by farm vendors with thier own raw ingredients, or by non-farm vendors, with ingredients grown by an outside source.
Prepared food* refers to products that agriculture or non-agriculture businesses make from ingredients that they primarily purchase. They make the food at the market for immediate consumption (e.g., sandwiches, brewed coffee, etc.).